Hall of Fame

Wayne Wright

TYPE Athlete
YEAR INDUCTED 2016

From 1952-1955 Wayne Wright was an outstanding outfielder and middle infielder for Lipscomb, hitting .300 during his career. He led the Bison baseball program to its first VSAC conference championship, establishing his team as the greatest sports team in Lipscomb school history. In both 1954 and 1955 Wayne was honored as Lipscomb's Top Athlete. After leaving Lipscomb, he headed west to Pepperdine University, where for 34 years he made a huge impact on the university and college athletics. He first served Pepperdine as its head golf coach for four seasons and then as head baseball coach for eight, compiling an overall coaching record of 195-166-3. As head baseball coach, Wayne was named West Coast Conference Coach of the Year three times following three WCC titles and advancement to three NCAA playoffs. Pepperdine's Director of Athletics from 1976-1997, he built the Waves into one of the NCAA's most successful athletic programs. Under his leadership, Pepperdine won seven NCAA Division I titles in four different sports. In 1986 he implemented an academic advising and tutorial program which significantly increased the graduation rates of Pepperdine's athletes and produced two valedictorians. A member of the NCAA Council from 1991-1993, he had a tremendous influence on collegiate athletics nationally. Wayne Wright will forever be remembered for building a legacy from coast to coast at both Lipscomb and Pepperdine.